The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) approved the designation of the Grand Prairie Nature Reserve in Lake County at its regular meeting on July 21 at Fort Harrison State Park.
The nature reserve protects 11.86 acres of wet prairie on the Lake Chicago Plain. Flora of interest in the reserve include the State Threatened Foxglove and Leiberg’s witchgrass as well as a variety of plant species from mesic and wet grasslands.
Mid to late summer is the best time to see the flowering meadow. Wildlife of interest includes the State’s Plains Garter Snake and Common Nighthawk, as well as the State-threatened Green Smooth Snake. Grand Prairie Nature Reserve is owned by MNR and is administered by its Nature Reserves Division.
In other actions, the NRC:
• discussed a citizen petition to allow individuals to collect mussel shells because private collections could skew survey results, and such changes to Indiana law could also open collectors to possible federal violations. Scientific study permits remain available.
• accepted the preliminary adoption of the modifications to 312 IAC 8 relating to the property rules of the MRN (administrative case n ° 21-FW-018). Amendments will allow tree stands, hunting blinds and hunting / game cameras to be properly labeled on MNR properties, clarify languages relating to bait placement, allow the public to collect deer antlers without a license and require a license to “love fishing.”
Council also approved the establishment of fee ranges for the wharf, buoy and mooring.
The NRC is an autonomous council which deals with matters relating to the MRN. More details on the actions are at NRC: Meetings and Minutes under “July Agenda”.
The next regular meeting of the NRC is September 21. The location and time will be announced later.
Members of the NRC include the director of the DNR, the heads of three other state agencies (Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Destination Development Corporation and Indiana Department of Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartite basis, the chairman of the advisory board of the DNR board; and the president of the Indiana Academy of Sciences. The president of the Academy of Sciences and the heads of agencies, other than the director of the DNR, may appoint representatives to serve the commission in their absence.
MNR Urban Forestry Grants
Communities in Indiana have the opportunity to advance their urban forestry goals through the Indiana DNR Urban Forestry and Community Assistance Grant program, which has opened its 2021 grant application period. CUFA funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Northeast Region Forest Service.
CUFA grants support a variety of urban forestry projects throughout Indiana. A sample of activities that CUF seeks to promote include public tree inventories with urban forestry management plans, urban canopy assessments, storm response planning, tree planting, educating the public and / or staff, raising awareness of programs and establishing and strengthening local urban forestry programs. .
Communities interested in applying should note the following:
• Scholarships are available for a minimum of $ 1,000 and a maximum of $ 25,000.
• Indiana municipalities, townships, tribal governments, counties, park districts, and 501 © 3 non-profit organizations are eligible.
• Projects must be located on public land or in public rights-of-way.
• The grant requires a 1: 1 match.
• Grants are awarded on a repayable basis.
• Grant-funded activities will start in early 2022 and end by June 30, 2023.
• Applications must be sent before 4:30 p.m. on Friday August 13, 2021
All application documents are available for download at:
Additional information and applications are available from:
CUF MNR Forestry Division, 402 W Washington St W296, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-234-6568 or e-mail: [email protected]
Body found in the Yellow River
Indiana conservation officers are still investigating after the body of a Knox man was found in the Yellow River. Witnesses observed a man jump from a railroad bridge into the water near State Road 35. The victim did not resurface. Several agencies responded to the area and launched a search.
Indiana Conservation Officer Public Safety Divers recovered the victim in 19 feet of water. The Starke County Coroner’s Office is notifying the family and the incident is still under investigation. The identity of the man is currently withheld pending notification of the family.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Knox City Police Department, Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox Fire Department, Bass Lake Fire Department, The Department of North Judson Fire, Starke County Emergency Service and Starke County Coroner’s Office.
‘Till next time,
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